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The Irish playwright John Synge wanted to see Ireland free

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The Irish playwright John Synge wanted to see Ireland free both of England and from her own parochialism.
(A) both of England and from her own parochialism
(B) both of England and her own parochialism
(C) both of England and of her own parochialism
(D) of both England and her own parochialism as well
(E) of England and from her own parochialism as well

Also what is the correct idiom "Free of" or "Free from"?

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scthakur wrote:
The Irish playwright John Synge wanted to see Ireland free both of England and from her own parochialism.
(A) both of England and from her own parochialism
(B) both of England and her own parochialism
(C) both of England and of her own parochialism
(D) of both England and her own parochialism as well
(E) of England and from her own parochialism as well

Also what is the correct idiom "Free of" or "Free from"?

C for parallelism. I think, "free of" and "free from" mean different things - see below.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/free
6.able to do something at will; at liberty: free to choose.
7.clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor: The highway is now free of fallen rock.
8.not occupied or in use: I'll try to phone her again if the line is free.
9.exempt or released from something specified that controls, restrains, burdens, etc. (usually fol. by from or of): free from worry; free of taxes.
10.having immunity or being safe (usually fol. by from): free from danger.

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Re: SC: Free Of or Free From [#permalink]

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New post 22 Jan 2009, 15:04
This was confusing. i went with C.

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C for parallelism but it would be interesting to know if there is a preference for 'free of' or 'free from' .
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I go with D .. lets see what happens :)

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I go with D .. lets see what happens :)


D is really strange. I don't think it's right.
I went with A or C. Probably C is better (parallel) ..Free of smth ... and of smth...

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Re: SC: Free Of or Free From [#permalink]

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scthakur wrote:
The Irish playwright John Synge wanted to see Ireland free both of England and from her own parochialism.
(A) both of England and from her own parochialism
(B) both of England and her own parochialism
(C) both of England and of her own parochialism (D) of both England and her own parochialism as well
(E) of England and from her own parochialism as well

Also what is the correct idiom "Free of" or "Free from"?


"as well" and "and" redundant. D,E are out.

B is out. X not||Y


both X and Y (idiom)
X and Y must be parallel

C is the best
X= of England
Y= of her own parochialism
both are parallel
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C for parallelism
both of England and of her own parochialism

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IMO B....I think there might be some trick otherewise scthakur won't miss such a simple ||ism Question.....let's see.

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IMO B....I think there might be some trick otherewise scthakur won't miss such a simple ||ism Question.....let's see.

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I bet on C

B would have been right if "of" was before both
"of Both X and Y"
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IMO B....I think there might be some trick otherewise scthakur won't miss such a simple ||ism Question.....let's see.

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reply2msg i thinkyou have not read the question carefully, and please have a look at the above discussions and then answer it again

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OA is C.

Although, based on parallel structure, I picked C, I was not sure whether "free of" is a correct idiom.

Thanks botirvoy for the link.

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Sorry....yes I was thinking something weired.....SCThakur actually confused me....yeah C is for ||ism
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IMO B....I think there might be some trick otherewise scthakur won't miss such a simple ||ism Question.....let's see.

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reply2msg i thinkyou have not read the question carefully, and please have a look at the above discussions and then answer it again

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free of makes sense here. free from may mean release e.g. prisoner was freed from the jail.
When something is clean, it is free of dust.
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Sorry....yes I was thinking something weired.....SCThakur actually confused me....yeah C is for ||ism
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reply2spg wrote:
IMO B....I think there might be some trick otherewise scthakur won't miss such a simple ||ism Question.....let's see.

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reply2msg i thinkyou have not read the question carefully, and please have a look at the above discussions and then answer it again

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Re: SC: Free Of or Free From [#permalink]

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scthakur wrote:
The Irish playwright John Synge wanted to see Ireland free both of England and from her own parochialism.

(A) both of England and from her own parochialism
(B) both of England and her own parochialism
(C) both of England and of her own parochialism
(D) of both England and her own parochialism as well
(E) of England and from her own parochialism as well

Also what is the correct idiom "Free of" or "Free from"?


The question is testing an idiom "both x and y".

(A) both of x and from y.
x = of England
Y = from her own parochialism

(B) both of x and y.
X = of England
Y = her own parochialism

(C) both of x and of y.
X = of England
Y = of her own parochialism

(D) of both x and y as well
X = England
Y = her own parochialism as well

(E) of x and from y as well
X = of England
Y = from her own parochialism as well

Only C is parallel.
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